- mackerel (n.)
- edible fish, c. 1300, from Old French maquerel "mackerel" (Modern French maquereau), of unknown origin but apparently identical with Old French maquerel "pimp, procurer, broker, agent, intermediary," a word from a Germanic source (compare Middle Dutch makelaer "broker," from Old Frisian mek "marriage," from maken "to make"). The connection is obscure, but medieval people had imaginative notions about the erotic habits of beasts. The fish approach the shore in shoals in summertime to spawn. Exclamation holy mackerel is attested from 1876.
- 1. They'd gone out to fish for mackerel.
- 2. Bay leaf is an excellent herb for mackerel.
- 3. A mackerel sky and mares'tails make lofty ships carry low sails.
- 4. There is a large take of mackerel.
- 5. Boats had plenty of mackerel and a few skate.
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